COLUMBUS - Attorneys trying to stop the execution of a condemned Ohio killer say the state's untried execution method will cause the inmate agony and terror.
The defense lawyers allege the two-drug combination won't sedate death row inmate Dennis McGuire properly, and he will experience a suffocation-like syndrome known as air hunger.
The lawyers asked in federal court filings Monday and Tuesday that McGuire's execution be delayed while they challenge the proposed lethal injection system.
The 53-year-old McGuire is scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of Joy Stewart in Preble County in western Ohio.
A message was left with the Ohio Attorney General's office, which was expected to oppose McGuire's request.
Gov. John Kasich has yet to rule on McGuire's separate request for mercy.